BRADFORD (Park Avenue) scored a pitiful 25 goals in 33 league outings last season. With less than half (14) that amount played so far this term, they are only three finishes away from matching that total. A big reason for this is Lewis Knight.

The newfound talisman has already netted double figures in all competitions, four more than when he top-scored in that basement-placed campaign.

What's more impressive is Knight's efficiency, achieving his eight league strikes in only 11 games.

The 22-year-old, who had spent the majority of his 87 appearances in an Avenue shirt out wide, is now becoming the striker supporters were screaming out for in the summer.

Knight credits his teammates for his improvement and is targetting a rise up the leagues in the future.

"It has come out of nowhere," he said.

"I’ve got 10 but I feel like I definitely could have four or five more with some of the chances I’ve had.

"It is always nice to be on a good goalscoring spree but at the same time you are always looking at where the next one is coming from. It is also important to keep grounded and work hard for the team.

"My natural position is in the number nine. I am not the biggest so that has hampered the opportunities I have had up there. But now I have been given them, I have taken it reasonable well."

Knight added: "It is everyone’s goal to play as higher as you can, that is what I am trying to achieve. This season is definitely helping that.

"You never know what is going to happen in football. I am looking for that opportunity and ready to take it if it comes."

An interesting dynamic which emerged during the period between the two seasons is Knight's father, Martin, coming in as director of football.

Lewis discussed what it is like dealing with his dad being behind the scenes, saying: "We tend not to talk about his role in the club. We talk more about the performances on the pitch.

"It is important for me to distance myself from the ins and outs of the club.

"I don’t want the players coming to me for inside information on what is happening. I want them to treat me the same as they have been doing in the last two years as their teammate, not as the son of the guy who is running it.

"I have tried to keep it as professional as I can to separate his side of it from mine. I focus on playing and let him focus on everything in the background.

"It is all about finding that balance. He has not only got his best interests for me as his son but interests for me as an asset.

"It is a bit more difficult for him than me because he has got to treat me the same as everyone else."

The team's results have coincided with the forward's purple patch.

Despite losing against Curzon Ashton last time out, Bradford are only four points off the playoffs after beating the likes of York City and picking up draws at flyers Gloucester City and AFC Fylde.

"It is the stability," Knight explained.

"If you look at the core of players we have got this year it is similar to what we had in my first year when we made the playoffs.

"We have got a strong midfield and defence, good goalkeeper and attacking options.

"We have the right balance. Mark (Bower) and Bosh (Danny Boshell) are key to that.

"The main thing is we are all enjoying being at Bradford and you can tell that in some of the results and performances which we have had."

Avenue's next challenge is facing York once again, only seven days after that 4-2 win at Horsfall.

The last ever game at Bootham Crescent was set to be played in front of 2000 home supporters, until the city got plunged into tier 3 on Thursday.

Knight, who enjoyed the fans' presence in the FA Trophy defeat to Chester earlier in the month, wants another entertaining clash with the Minstermen.

"I took a corner and the Chester fans were giving me abuse. I just started laughing because I have missed it. You miss the home fans, and the away fans giving you grief.

"Both sides know each other’s weaknesses. Hopefully, it will be another high scoring game.

"We want to go there and get the result, but we know it won’t be easy especially with them being at home.

"We are all looking forward to bouncing back from Curzon as we felt it was a missed opportunity to kick on from the York result."